What Christians Believe about Jesus
The perception of the name and person of Jesus Christ varies tremendously. In answere to the question, who was Jesus? You may hear - “he is just a myth and never existed”, “he was a good man”, “he was a sort of religious prophet”, “a magician”, “who is he, I've not heard of him”. It is imcreasingly common to hearthe of name Jesus or Christ used as an expletive in both society and the media.
Who was Jesus Christ ?
Jesus of Nazareth certainly existed, His life is thoroughly documented by the first four books of the New Testament, which are considered to be prime sources by historians (even those who aren't Christians). There is also written evidence provided by late 1st and early 2nd century’s major non-Christian writers’. The first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus,” twice mentions Jesus in Jewish Antiquities, his history of the Jewish people that was written around 93 A.D. Another account of Jesus appears in Annals of Imperial Rome, a first-century history of the Roman Empire written around 116 A.D. by the Roman senator and historian Tacitus.
Christian believe that Jesus is divine, fully God and fully man (see Westminster Confession of Faith)The deity of Christ sits at the pinnacle of controversy and belief concerning the Christian faith. Heretical views dating back to the first century such as those of the Ebionites and the Arians, have portrayed Christ as a unique human not possessing a divine nature.
Some christian cults such as the Jehovah's Witnesses (modern day Arians), Mormons, Christains Science and the Unification Church share those same beliefs.
Relevant biblical passages clearly indicate that this is not the case.
The deity of Christ has real importance and value to the believer concerning knowledge of God, new life, personal relationship with God, and the ability to worship Christ for who he is. His divine nature was joined but not mixed with human nature, one divine person who was both "truly God and truly man" He had a fully human body; He did not descend from heaven and suddenly appear upon earth, but was conceived in the womb of a human mother like any other child. Although his conception was unique in that it did not involve a male human, the process from that point on was apparently identical to what every human experiences. The bible ascribes to Him the same sort of emotional and intellectual qualities that are found in other humans, not lacking any of the essential elements of humanity that are found in each of us.
Christ had our true nature and was made like us in all things, except for sin, He had no sin either in His flesh or in His spirit. He came to be the Lamb without fault, who, by the sacrifice of Himself made once, would take away the sins of the world.
He is not merely the highest of all created beings, but He is God in the same sense and to the same degree as the Father. He is as deserving of our praise, adoration, and obedience as is the Father.
Jesus is the Messiah told of in the Old Testament
He is the Son of God, God having become man and the saviour of humanity He is our sacrifice He suffered, died from crucifixion, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead to open heaven to those who believe in Him and trust him for the forgiveness of their sins Jesus bodily ascended into heaven where He rules and reigns with God the Father
He will return to judge all humans, living and dead, and grant eternal life to His followers
For those who believe in Him the importance of Jesus' humanity cannot be overestimated, for salvation is at stake.
Jesus bridged the gap between us and God.
God is high above us, so he cannot be known by unaided human reason. It was not an angel or a human who came from God to us, but God Himself in the form of Jesus who reached across the chasm created by sin.
The death of Christ is sufficient for all sinners who have ever lived, for He was not merely a finite human, but an infinite God who died, He, the Life, the Giver and Sustainer of life, who did not have to die, died for us all.
God alone can deal with human sin and bring about reconciliation to himself. To achieve this, God the Son became man in Christ Jesus. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless, human life and taught entirely without error. He suffered and died in the place of sinners, experiencing on their behalf the just punishment of God for their sins. God, in his grace, forgives and reconciles to himself all who turn to him in true repentance and who trust in Christ’s atoning death. God imputes to them the righteousness of Christ and adopts them as his own children. He thus sets all believers free from the domination of the devil and the corruption of their own sinful nature, and removes from them forever sin’s eternal consequences. Salvation can only be found through faith in Christ.
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